Friday News: Domestic Terrorist

CARY INSURRECTIONIST BACK WHERE HE BELONGS, IN FEDERAL CUSTODY: On Jan. 6, 2021, when prosecutors say James Grant led the first assault on the U.S. Capitol, the North Carolina man wore a baseball cap with an insignia that bore a map of his home state, along with these words: “Drink Local.” Last month, Grant did just that. Now he’s going back to jail. On Dec. 7, after a bizarre interaction with Garner police in a restaurant parking lot, the 29-year-old Cary man was charged with driving under the influence. Police say they found an AR-15 rifle and 60 rounds of .233-caliber ammunition in Grant’s car. When police tried to arrest him, according to court records, Grant tried to flee. On Jan 6 2021, Grant fought with officers — injuring two — and was later seen inside at least two private Senate offices, documents show. In many ways this guy is even worse than the California dude who joined the Taliban in Afghanistan pre-9/11, and he deserves just as lengthy a jail term.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article257545503.html

Thursday News: Seems about white...

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RESIDENCY CHALLENGED FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WAKE SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTEE: Artis, an educator and former teacher, won over most of the board members last week with a promise to make equity issues a focus if he was appointed. But Artis’ educational views and whether he can legally serve in District 4 was questioned Tuesday on social media and at the school board meeting. People pointed out that Artis’ education consulting business still lists his District 1 address on his state business records and that his wife is still registered to vote at the prior address. Artis said Wednesday that he no longer lives with his wife. “Provide proof of Mr. Artis’ residency immediately if you plan to proceed to appoint him to District 4 — and residency as in now, not that he plans to move there some time soon,” Becky Lew-Hobbs said during public comments at Tuesday’s board meeting. Apparently she's miffed because Wake Schools no longer wants her volunteering. And I can see why...
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article257480139.html

Wednesday News: It's complicated...

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CAWTHORN CHALLENGE POSTPONED, BUT NOT FOR LONG: North Carolina law says that in election challenges it’s the accused who has to prove he or she did nothing wrong. So for Cawthorn to be allowed on the ballot, he can’t just sit back and let things play out — he will have to argue why he shouldn’t be banned from running again. That might include letting his accusers, whose attorneys include two former N.C. Supreme Court justices, question him under oath and force him to provide emails, text messages or other documents. “Challengers intend to depose Representative Cawthorn before the hearing, and request subpoenas for witnesses and documents, including documents that Representative Cawthorn or his staff may possess involving the planning of the January 6 events that could shed light on his qualification for office under Section Three,” their legal challenge states. I left out the postponement thing so I could quote those juicy details, but there's just too many moving parts to do it right now.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article257290357.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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A TRUE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS DOESN'T LEAD TO A RESULT "INCOMPATIBLE WITH DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES": The judges were unwavering in their dislike of the voting districts enacted by the legislature. “This Court neither condones the enacted maps nor their anticipated potential results,” the judges bluntly stated in their 260-page opinion. “Despite our disdain for having to deal with issues that potentially lead to results incompatible with democratic principles and subject our state to ridicule, the Court must remind itself that these maps are the result of a democratic process.” So, the judges say, an undemocratic legislature or congress is fine as long as it was conceived as the result of a “democratic process.” With that concept in place, the political party in power now will be able to control the designation of election districts now and in the future – and draw those lines to perpetuate its majority forever. Republicans destroyed one smoking gun (concept maps), but the other is just as damning: the maps they adopted are so statistically improbable the word impossible fits, without using partisan data to guide them. Which they claim they didn't, adding perjury to their long list of crimes against the people.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-true-democratic-process-doesn-t-lead-to-a-result-incompatible-with-de...

Saturday News: Wayne to the rescue

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GOODWIN CHOSEN TO LEAD NC DMV: Wayne Goodwin, who once led the state Department of Insurance and later the state Democratic Party, has been chosen the new commissioner of the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. Goodwin replaces former DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup, who stepped down in November to become chief operating officer of the state Department of Information Technology. Goodwin, a lawyer, served two four-year terms as insurance commissioner, an elected office, before losing to Mike Causey in 2016. He was elected chairman of the Democratic Party in early 2017 and served two two-year terms before declining to seek a third last year. Goodwin, 54, grew up in Hamlet and attended UNC Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and later as a law student. Starting in 1997, he served eight years in the state House, representing rural counties east of Charlotte. The epitome of a dedicated public servant, and a longtime BlueNC member and friend. Great news.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article257339272.html

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